Royal Air Force Museum

venue representative image
baby changing facilities icon Food icon Guided tours icon Shop icon Library icon Study area icon Wheelchair access icon

Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself.

Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain. The Aeronauts Interactive Centre offers hands-on entertainment and education for all ages and includes cockpit controls, co-ordination tests, engine lifting, air speed, drop zone, pilot testing and more.

Take your visit to the next dimension by entering the Museum's 4D Theatre and discover how it feels to glide amongst the clouds. Don't forget to explore the Grahame-White Watch Office, the museum's latest permanent exhibition, which will transport you back to the pioneering days of flight at Hendon during the Edwardian period.

The onsite museum shop is packed with models, toys and gift items as well as exclusive magazines, books and videos. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant and picnic area to take care of catering needs. Pay and Display Parking available.

A FREE, fun and fantastic day out for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10am - 6pm [last entry 5:30pm]

Admission charges

Admission is FREE to the Museum.
A car parking charge is payable.

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Additional info

Research Department open to the public by appointment only. Please contact the Department in the first instance to arrange an appointment to meet with a curator.

Collection details

Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Royal Air Force Museum

Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus: A life of a Pioneering Aviator

  • 14 September 2014 — 11 September 2015 *on now

Sir Alan Cobham was a pioneering long distance aviator and technical innovator who became famous for his exploits in the interwar years by making aviation accessible and popular throughout the world.

He learnt to fly while in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and later went on to set many long distance aviation records.

These include becoming the first person to fly from London to Cape Town and back in 1926 for which he received the Air Force Cross, and in the same year to be the first person to fly from London to Australia and back, for which he was knighted by King George V.

Sir Alan Cobham also organised a series of flying tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa which became affectionately known as ‘Sir Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus’. These tours promoted aviation to the public and were a source of inspiration for countless pilots in the Second World War.


This new exhibition will be opening on the Museum's Battle of Britain Day on the 14th September. It will be a highly visual display of Sir Alan Cobham’s life and his many notable achievements, showcasing some of the ‘treasures’ from the collection including a Union Flag that was flown on Cobham's de Havilland D.H.50J biplane while on his Cape Town flight. The exhibition will also feature film footage that will show how he made aviation into a breathtaking spectacle.

The ‘Sir Alan Cobham Collection’ forms the basis of this new exhibition. This Collection may be viewed by appointment in our London Reading Room.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/sir-alan-cobham-s-flying-circus-a-life-of-a-pione/

An Artist's impression of what the new exhibition will look like

First World War in the Air

  • 4 December 2014 — 31 December 2020 *on now

Eleven years after the first powered flight, aviation emerged as a force capable of changing the face of battle. In 1914 the Royal Flying Corps numbered just 1,500 people. By 1918, when the Royal Air Force was created, this had grown to more than 205,000. The full strategic value of air power had become all too evident - both on the battlefield and on the Home Front.

This compelling story of the First World War in the Air will be revealed in a new exhibition in our Claude Grahame-White Hangar

Discover the vital work of the Service men and women on the ground as well as the changing roles of those in the air as the essential use of 'eyes in the sky' for reconnaissance was complemented by the introduction of new technologies for bombing and fighting high above the ground.

Many personal artefacts including medals, letters and uniforms will be displayed alongside the finest collection of First World War aircraft bringing both moving and inspiring stories to life - and ensuring that the bravery and sacrifice of these aviation pioneers will never be forgotten.

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/opening-of-first-world-war-in-the-air-exhibition/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The 'Fums Up' Baby

Defying Gravity - First World War Airmen's Lucky Charms and Superstitions

  • 20 April 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

A popular trinket given to Servicemen by loved ones, the Fums Up Baby represented the birth of good luck. With its wooden head for 'touching wood' and thumbs pointing up, it was considered two lucky charms in one.

This temporary exhibition will be open daily in the Grahame-White Factory and is located in the Temporary Exhibition Room that is located on the ground-floor immediately on the left of main entrance.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

Admission to this temporary exhibition is free of charge.

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/defying-gravity/

First World War Airfix Make and Take

First World War Airfix Make and Take

  • 1 — 7 August 2015 *on now

Between 1 and 7 August 2015 our popular Airfix make and take workshops will return. Take on the Red Barons Albatros or fight your way to victory with the classic British Sopwith Pup.

All paints, glue, instructions supplied with Airfix each kit.

Dates: 1 - 7 August 2015
Cost: £3 per Airfix kit
Location: First World War in the Air Gallery
Times: 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Recommended age: 7+

Our First World War in the Air programme of events is supported by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

Cost: £3 per Airfix kit

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/first-world-war-airfix-make-and-t/

Defying Gravity - Dance Sessions

Defying Gravity - Dance Sessions

  • 8 — 9 August 2015 11:30am-5:30pm

To celebrate the display of Defying Gravity in our First World War in the Air exhibition we will be holding live dance performances in the Grahame-White Factory by graduating Middlesex University Dance Students on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August. Timings for each piece are given below. Each dance performance is free for the public to view.

The piece that will be performed during the course of the weekend is:

Fruit Salad
Choreographed by Sara-Jayne Berrill
Performed by Natalie Merrifield and Ashleigh Sims

A live performance between two dancers, exploring and responding to the portraits of First World War RAF soldiers beyond their composed, heroic snapshots.

This takes place by our wall of First World War photo portraits. On Saturday 8 and on Sunday 9 at 11:30 am , 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.

Our First World War in the Air Programme of Events is supported by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/defying-gravity-dance-sessi/

"Short Admiralty Type 166 being hoisted on to HMS Ark Royal, Dardanelles, 1915”

Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

  • 14 August 2015 12:30-5:30pm

Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian at the Royal Air Force Museum, will present a lecture on ‘Air Power, Combined Operations and the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915’ as part of the Royal Air Force Museum’s First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures.

TALK OUTLINE

The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 remains shrouded in the Anzac myth related to the role of the ANZAC corps in this ill-fated operation. However, more recently, historians have begun to peel back the complex layers about its planning, conduct and aftermath from the perspective of the Allies and the Turkish defenders. In this lecture, Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian at the Royal Air Force Museum, will examine one of least understood aspects of the Gallipoli campaign; the use of air power. This lecture will consider some of the challenges faced by Britain’s air arms in supporting the campaign, such as roles, equipment, logistics, doctrine and command. It will seek to analysis the effectiveness of air power in supporting operations, such as during the failed August offensive and during the withdrawal phase. Finally, the lecture will then also consider the campaign’s influence on combined operations doctrine between the wars.

LOCATION AND TIME

This lecture will be held in the museum lecture theatre at 12:30PM on Friday 14 August 2015.

TICKETS

This lecture is free of charge however we do ask that you pre-book a free ticket as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, we just need some basic contact information.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE TODAY-https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

ABOUT ROSS MAHONEY

Ross Mahoney is the resident Aviation Historian at the Royal Air Force Museum where he is responsible for the development and co-ordination of research opportunities both in the museum and with external partners. His research interests include air power history, theory and doctrine, military leadership, military culture, military innovation, and the history of professional military education.

RAF MUSEUM RESEARCH PROGRAMME

The First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lectures, funded by the HLF, forms part of our Research Programme for 2015. This programme also consists of the Trenchard Lectures in Air Power Studies and other events such as conferences. More details can be found in our leaflet, which can be downloaded here.

For more details about the RAF Museum’s research programme, please email our Aviation Historian, Ross Mahoney at ross.mahoney@rafmuseum.org

BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund support our First World War in the Air programme of events.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE TODAY-https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Model a Spit

Model a Spit

  • 25 — 31 August 2015

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain the museum will be holding a full week of Spitfire kit making. Come along, grab a kit for £3 and let your creative flair help you to make and paint your very own model Spitfire. Then, take it home!

Model a Spit
25 – 31 August
11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
£3 per Airfix kit
Bomber Hall

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 11-13
  • 18+

Admission

£3 per Airfix kit

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/model-a-spit/

Access the Avro Vulcan

Access the Avro Vulcan

  • 25 August 2015 10am-12:30pm

Clamber up the two ladders, through the cabin and into the cockpit where one of our experienced aircraft team will talk you through every nook and cranny of the flight deck.

Participant comments:

"I just wanted to say what a great event the Vulcan Open Cockpits was on Wednesday. The aircraft team made the difference between it being good and it being excellent, and the whole event went beyond our expectations."

James Edensor, Vulcan Access Participant

TICKETS

Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Please note: the museum reserves the right to refuse entry to any participant who is not physically able enough to access the Vulcan. There is a minimum age limit of 16 for this event.


GET IN TOUCH

If you would like more information then please contact the Event Organiser by emailing whatson@rafmuseum.org or call our switchboard on 0208 205 2266.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Tickets are now on sale at £25.00 per person plus a 50p booking fee. Click here to book your ticket -https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Website

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Airfix Logo

Scaling down Reality

  • 28 August 2015 1-3:30pm

Simon Owen, lead Researcher at Hornby Hobbies Ltd will be at the museum on 28 August to give an insight into the fascinating world of Airfix and how they take an iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and scale it down to produce perfect replicas for today’s modellers.

Covering a range of topics including the history of the company and the production process, Simon will also be on hand to answer your questions at the end so don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at Airfix HQ.

Scaling Down Reality, by Simon Owen, lead researcher at Hornby Hobbies Ltd

28 August

1pm

Free entry however we do ask you reserve a free ticket - TO BOOK CLICK HERE https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/branches

Museum lecture theatre

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/scaling-down-reality/

Getting there

If you’re travelling to the Museum by road, the Museum is signposted within easy reach of the A5, A41, M1 (junction 4 southbound) and North Circular A406 roads. Just follow the brown and white tourist signs.

If you’re using SatNav please input our road name, “Grahame Park Way” not our postcode, as this has been incorrectly indexed on some systems. If your system will not accept Grahame Park Way, please enter the postcode NW9 5QW. This will direct you to the small industrial estate next to the Museum.

If you’re visiting the Museum by public transport please take the Edgware Branch of the Northern Line to Colindale tube station, the Museum is only a short walk along Grahame Park Way.

Alternatively, you can take the Thames Link to Mill Hill Broadway, and catch bus number 303 to the Museum, which also runs from outside Colindale Tube Station. This service will drop you directly outside the Museum's main gates.

Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way
Colindale
London
Greater London
NW9 5LL
England

Website

www.rafmuseum.org/london

E-mail

Groups

groups@rafmuseum.org

Public Events

whatson@rafmuseum.org

Department of Research & Information Services

research@rafmuseum.org

School & Scout Trips

learning-london@rafmuseum.org

Telephone

Main Switchboard Number

020 8205 2266

Fax

020 8200 1751

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
advertisement